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Calcutta HC orders transfer of CBI probe to state CID

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court has handed over the probe into the unnatural death of a Raniganj businessman’s wife to the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Monday from Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).It was on August 21 when Justice Rajshekhar Mantha of the Calcutta High Court directed that the probe should be handed over to the central agency.It may be mentioned that the woman, Pushpa Bhalotia, died on October 5, 2017. Initially, the case was being investigated by the state police and was later taken over by the state CID. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe state government had moved the high court’s division bench headed by Justice Jyotirmay Bhattacharya challenging the order of the single bench regarding transfer of the probe to the CBI. The state CID claimed before the court that the probe is going on in full swing and the process of examining of witnesses is also on.The division bench set aside the single bench’s order making it clear that the probe will remain with the CID. It also instructed the state investigating agency to submit a report on the progress of investigation in three months. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe victim’s husband Manoj Bhalotia, who is one of the suspects, has been directed by the court not to venture out of the jurisdictional area of Asansol DurgapurCommissionerate.He has to depose for interrogation at the CID headquarters at Bhabani Bhavan on September 6.The 39-year-old woman’s charred body was found at her residence in Raniganj of West Burdwan district. She was taken to a private hospital in Durgapur, where she succumbed to her injuries.Her husband and in-laws had claimed that Pushpa had committed suicide by setting herself on fire. Pushpa’s brother Gopal Agarwal had filed a murder case against Manoj and his family and the post-mortem also revealed that there was a bullet injury on her forehead raising questions about the ‘suicide’ angle.last_img

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